Cavallo Point Lodge and Murray Circle restaurant offer private dining services and venues for groups of 20-250. The Murray Circle executive chef will design a customized menu for your private party. A special events coordinator will be available to assist you with special arrangements.View Private Dining Details
SLOW beyond belief! Portions were tiny, the descriptors overdone and the service was extremely slow. The wine list was terribly pricey. Overall I would not go back.
My husband and I chose this lovely restaurant for our 43rd anniversary dinner and we were very,very pleased.We had the perfect table,a charming waitress named Julie and a most delicious,innovative meal.
Lovely restaurant to have dinner with friends visiting San Francisco. Hard to believe the views and location. Men who enjoy larger meals will not be happy, but ladies will be pleased they will be true to their diet and enjoy the lovely presentation and delicious food.
Wonderful.., both food and service. Very friendly staff
Pretentious food; lousy service. It took 25 minutes sitting at the table ignored without a menu, bread or a drink. Bewildering variety of servers and busboys but no one brought a menu for 25 minutes and then it took another 10 before they deigned to take our order. The food is the ultimate in pretentious "chi chi" over-stylised tiny taste morsels. Miniscule portions, all of which required description by yet another flunkey before you are allowed to eat it. My porcini were cold. The fish was a minnow rather than a sole. The abalone, on the other hand, was awesome.
Overall, not worth the drive from San Francisco. Plus, the valet is somewhere on the other side of the park tending to the main reception.
Unique setting, nice for out of town visitors, very expensive, though none of our guests were wowed by their (brunch) entrees.
Pretentious and the food was mediocre. Over-priced for the quality of the food.
We asked to order a side dish that only appeared on the bar menu (20 feet away) and the chef refused to serve it to us in the restaurant section. The tab for 4 people was over 400 dollars, for which one would think the chef might be a bit more accommodating.
The food was fresh and delicious although my crab BLT probably needed a bit of salt. Loved the chips & dip that accompanied it so much I wanted more. Excellent cocktails and our seating on the porch was perfect. Just remember to wear a jacket.
The Saturday brunch is served starting at 11:30am. THe menu is very limited. There were some breakfast items and several lunch items. We ordered the 'Garden' omelet. It was spinach and mushrooms. The omelet was EXTREMELY salty and oily. We ordered a side of bacon which was excellent. Their fresh sourdough wheat bread was very good. There was no fruit offered on the menu. Price was somewhat high for an omelet with NOTHING else on the plate. How about an orange slice, folks??
This is seventh time at Murray Circle. It is always a wonderful experience. However, I do have some criticisms of the food. The last two desserts I have chosen, have been too heavy and disappointing. For brunch I had a toffee bread pudding and it was far from memorable. For dinner I got the butterscotch souffle - delicious, but the blondie with it was dry, hard and indifferent. The brunch soup was delicious, it is also on the dinner menu - a gazpacho pea soup cold - terrific, memorable, but the main brunch courses were very uninteresting for me and my guest. Our choice of appetizers has always been incredibly delicious and subtle. The main course this time - a crab bisque was the best ever. We loved the quiet, serene ambience.
2 of us orered salmon carpaccio, which was a rectangular slab of bland salmon drenched in a flavorless liquid resembling motor oil...no seasonings. We concurred the dish could have tasted beter. Dining room is lovely, and you can't beat the views.
Superb, one of the finer meals I have ever had. This is a very special restaurant for foodies. The combination of ingredients used is unique and a taste treat. The complaints that some people have made, about the small portion size and the criticism about pouring sauces at the table instead of in the kitchen, is unwarranted. For first time patrons they explain how to order from their menu. This dining experience is unlike most restaurants, even good ones. This is fine dining at it's best. Savor the flavors.
It's a wonderful settiing but the food was surprisingly mediocre. Two dishes out of three were over salted.
I took my future daughter in law to Murray Circle for a celebratory lunch on Memorial Day. It is a wonderful place for a long and special lunch. The food, dining room and service were excellent. We both had the 4 course tasting lunch. Yes, portions were small, but the food was delicate and delicious. A creamy onion soup, "chips and dip", ceasar salad and petrale for me and sting nettle tortellini for my future daughter in law. The lunch came with dessert-which was a moist chocolate and caramel cake. My future daughter in laws cake came with a chocolate tile which said "Congratulations"-a nice touch. I also appreciated the low level of noise-you could actually have a conversation! I will go back and try the bar and have dinner.
The setting is beautiful in that secluded spot just over the GG Bridge. The menu seems more impressive than the actual execution of dishes. Note that portions are really small (we were told this by the waiter, so we were not surprised when the dishes came). Because of the type of food, which included lamb prepared three ways and pork prepared two ways, I would have expected more food that we got for the price. What accompanied those two mini-entrees, was a minimal amount of vegetables or potato. We're talking two bites. The pork loin was tasty, but a little dry. When something is prepared simply, it should stand on it's own and be virtually flawless at this level of restaurant. While I liked the atmosphere, I wouldn't go back.
Some dishes had too many little bits of flavors so that I didn't get the full contrasts & complements. The crab bisque was too salty but delicious, silky texture. My husband loved the duck. Service was helpful in choosing wines and otherwise unobtrusive. Our waitress didn't try to be friends, very professional. The house-made bread was divine. I'd like to go back for brunch.
I was a bit surprised by the spottiness of service for our dinner reservation. The server did not openly greet us right away after we were seated. Not even to let us know she would be right with us as she was busy running another. Drinks took longer than normal to be brought to our table. The meal while good was NOT spectacular considering the amount of money paid and the expectation from a 4/5 star Michelin rated restaurant.
This restaurant is fabulous! Imaginative food choices, friendly staff and a beautiful place.
The food was not that spectacular for the price.
We were a party of four. Each of us had three courses and we were all very disappointed in everything we were served! Nothing had a great flavor. Also, the proportions were very stingy considering the prices. None of us would return. I have had much better meals for much less money...more effort put into show and tell than substance.
While a very nice menu, chef is trying too hard. Had the petrale sole and there were already enough accompaniments without the poured over immulsion of something. Risotto, which I have now had three different times, is still overly salty. Other than that, very nice but not Gary Danko or Quince.
We love Murray Circle - we've been there many times and have never been disappointed. Food is outstanding - love their made-in-house breads! We have taken friends there who have returned with their family and friends.
We loved everything about it except the snooty service in which we were informed we "should" order three of the small (and very pricey) items. We were satisfied with two plus dessert, and still managed a $400 check for four, but felt we'd "disappointed" the aloof waitress.
Although the food is excellent the star is the Wine.I don't know if they have special Wine Dinners but they should have.
The food is a good Suit the Wine a Tuxedo
Lovely, elegant creative cuisine... Such a lovely place.. great wine list. the bar was a bit noisy but that only corroborates the popularity of the place.
Great venue, even greater brunch
Perfection at its best.....food excellent, wine pairing amazing and service outstanding.
I just wish the portions were larger. It was a bit absurd paying so much for a teensy-tiny bite of food.
It was a lovely meal and a wonderful atmosphere. Great service, too.
I had the most FABULOUS lunch!! The food & service was excellent. I am not a pea person but I was told that the sweet pea gazpacho is to die for and it sure was. I then had the spring onion bisque...so yummy. I then had the braised spring lamb cannelloni cooked to perfection followed by the grilled cheese sandwich with a blend of mezzoeco monterey jack & fiscalini cheddar with a butter luttuce salad. Dessert was awesome...chocolate cake with toasted pecan ice cream.
I'll be back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We went there for my daughter's 26th birthday. She had been to Farley Bar for cocktails and thought the dining room looked nice. Wow, what a disappointment! Very over-priced for what you get...have eaten at less expensive places and have had superb meals...without the attitude. Really? You need a magnifier to see what you're eating. And the prices were ridiculous...we were all still hungry after dinner. We don't mind paying more for a great dining experience....but it would be nice to actually have something substantial to eat. I know the French eat small portions...but really...this was absurd. Many $$$ later, we left very dissatisfied and extremely disappointed...angry, in fact. You can have Murray Circle!
We went for brunch. Somehow, I expected more. We'll go back to try another meal.
The setting, service, and ambiance is lovely, but the food doesn't live up to its reputation or price. The wine is excellent--a superb list. We had six items; 2 were great (the lamb and the beet appetizer), 3 were fine (the pea gazpacho, the beef, & the salmon), 1 was not good (gulf shrimp were overcooked & rubbery).
Overall, we had a nice time, but the food was frankly disappointing--almost like they are trying too hard or focusing too much on the presentation and not enough on the flavors. When you do "food as art," it's got to taste amazing. This looked beautiful, but not once did we get that "melt in your mouth, have to close your eyes it's so good" feeling that you get in truly great restaurants.
Innovative, elegant dining experience. 3-course chocolate dessert not-to-be-missed!
We thought the food was good, but not great. Portions were small and we thought over priced for what you got. The service was excellent...couldn't have asked for better service. The location and ambience are superb. We also thought that a corkage charge of $25 was excessive...we do a lot of dining out in San Francisco and typically pay $15.
Restaurant is part of the Cavallo Point Hotel in Sausalito. Courses are very well paced and the waiters give a description of every dish they present. Excellent service!
The waiter was very helpful and polite.
The setting for this restaurant is exceptional. The views of the San Francisco are wonderful. The restaurant is designed, both indoors and outdoors, to take advantage of these views, if you wish. I would not say that this is a great place to take children, although you could above the age of 10. Children would be too restless.
The menu is a foodie's delight with great variety, and combinations that are surprising. Most of the plates are small servings so you are encouraged to order many. It is not a restaurant to choose if you are on a budget. The service moved between good and too much. The wait between sets was longish.
We had two dinners at Murray Circle. This is an expensive restaurant with an expensive wine list, especially for those of us with home wine cellars and knowledge of wines. There were large groups of diners on both nights we were there and that added to the overall noise level of the dining room. Excessive ambient noise detracts from the dining experience for me since I enjoy good conversation. We enjoyed our dinners but I would not consider this restaurant a good value for the price.
We ordered both the prie fix dinners with the wine, wow. Great ambience, service and dining room. Very sophisticated food, nicely spaced tables, efficient service and locally sourced and seasonal ingredients made for a wonderful evening of food and wine. From the on site baked bread selection to the pairing of wonderful wines we left, senses satiated and surprised the 3+ hours zipped by. Would come again for special occasions, might even make some up just to come again.